March 28, 2023

DEI in the Workplace: Why It Matters

It’s more important than ever for employers to focus on diversifying their teams. By recognizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), companies can create an inclusive workplace where everyone is given a fair chance to succeed. As a full-service HR consulting firm, Work Friendly has helped countless companies build successful DEI programs from the ground up and here's what we've learned.

The Benefits of DEI Practices

When employers prioritize DEI initiatives in their organization, they signal to their employees that they value different perspectives and backgrounds. This creates an inclusive work culture where everyone feels accepted and respected. Research shows that diverse teams are more creative and innovative than homogenous ones, plus - companies who invest in DEI practices also tend to have higher employee satisfaction rates.

How Employers Can Promote DEI Practices

For companies to truly commit to creating an inclusive environment, employers need to take actionable steps towards promoting DEI practices. This could include implementing flexible work policies that accommodate employees with disabilities or chronic illnesses, creating confidential feedback systems so employees feel comfortable speaking up about any issues related to diversity or inclusion, and reevaluating hiring practices so candidates from all backgrounds have equal access opportunities within the organization.  We’ve seen startups struggle with DEI initiatives when recruiting efforts stay within their existing network. Recruiting firms actively help support their employers' DEI initiatives by widening their candidacy pool to new possibilities. 

It’s more important than ever for employers to commit themselves fully to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace environment. By doing so, companies can ensure that every employee has an equal opportunity for success regardless of their identity or background.  As the future evolves, we hope organizations will recognize the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as key factors in maintaining healthy relationships with employees as well as customers alike.

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